To do whatever we possibly can to bring the compelling ideas and opportunities of Sea to Sky entrepreneurs to life. We will accomplish this by being resourceful, flexible, professional and kind. Always.
Community Futures Howe Sound provides assistance to small businesses from Lions Bay to Birken including Britannia Beach, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and D’Arcy.
If you are planning to start your own small business, or if you are an owner or operator of a small business in the Sea to Sky Corridor, Community Futures Howe Sound can help.
Working in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada, we offer small business loans, and confidential, comprehensive assistance in developing your business plan
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board of directors consists of individuals who are committed to fostering community economic development in the Howe Sound region.
The ideal director will be community focused and community driven. He or she will have a keen small business acumen and an inherent willingness to ensure that small business opportunities continue to prosper in our community. Directors must live full time in any of our resident communities in the region.
Community Futures strives to have directors from all parts of our region on the board. We seek out intelligent, respectful, diligent small business-focused individuals who not only enjoy giving back to their community, but who thrive in doing so.
James Sparling is our newest director. James is so new that we are still measuring his arrival by hours not weeks or months. James comes to us with a sterling background in risk mitigation and he will make a valuable addition to our seasoned team of directors. When he is not assisting us to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs up and down the corridor, James can be found on his bike riding the numerous trails of our community throughout the year.
Theresa Lambert enthusiastically operates her own small business in the Sea to Sky community which focuses on helping entrepreneurs take maximum advantage of their skillsets and helping them to overcome their shortcomings. Originally from Germany, Theresa has a keen sense of what works in business and what needs to be fine-tuned. She is a new member of our Board and in no time has had a positive influence on the rest of the team. Her inquisitive business mind has been refreshing to embrace at the Board table. When she isn’t changing the world, you can find Theresa gently rolling her eyes at her CF GM’s dreadful German-speaking skills.
David Krasny owns and operates a Sea to Sky hospitality business, and he has done so for decades. If entrepreneurs had a poster child, you’d probably find David’s photo on that poster. He lives the entrepreneur life to its core and continually reaches out to help other would-be entrepreneurs make their dreams come true as well. When he’s not looking for new business, you’ll find David cheering on the Seahawks from all corners of the globe.
Kirby Brown is the General Manager of the highly successful Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. Prior to that he lent his considerable talents to ski resorts in Whistler and Panorama, BC. When he is not chasing down every slice of pizza he can get his mitts on at our Board meetings, you’ll find Kirby chasing his dogs, his young daughter and probably an oxygen tank too to keep up with their constant energy.
Steve Sabey is a retired Natural Resources executive with a wonderful sense of humour who has lived in Whistler for many years. Steve is a keen supporter of small business in the community and he also volunteers as a mentor with Futurepreneur. When he is not assisting our organization and our clients Steve can be found on skis, on his bike(s) or in the kitchen cooking for his wife.
Tanya Goertzen is a world class serial volunteer who seemingly can’t say no to anyone who needs a brilliant volunteer leader. That’s obviously real good news for Community Futures and its many clients because she has been a wonderful asset for us ever since she arrived. When she isn’t running our Board meetings as our current Chair, Tanya runs her own small business in Whistler where she has resided ever since we first recruited her eight years ago. Away from work, you’ll find Tanya on the golf course, the campgrounds and at her numerous other volunteer engagements.